07 Sep 2019

The previous day at the quarter-final stage of proceedings, Portugal had emerged the nation to cause the biggest upsets at the Liebherr 2019 European Team Championships in Nantes; one day later on Saturday 7th September it was no different.

In the men’s event, the no.10 seeds, a 3-2 win was posted against Sweden, the no.2 seeds; that coming after in the women’s competition, occupying the no.7 seeded spot, a 3-1 margin of victory had been recorded in opposition to Hungary, the no.3 seeds.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Stars of the show were Tiago Apolonia and Fu Yu.

Against Sweden, Tiago Apolonia beat Mattias Falck (7-11, 11-1, 11-4, 4-11, 12-10), before in the vital fifth and deciding match of the fixture, he overcame Jon Persson (8-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-8, 11-7). The one further win for Portugal was secured by Marcos Freitas, in the fourth contest of the engagement he accounted for Mattias Falck (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7). The wins for Sweden were recorded by Jon Persson against Marcos Freitas (11-5, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4) and by Truls Moregard in opposition to Jão Monteiro (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8).

Top seeds await

Germany, the top seeds, now await, the trio comprising Timo Boll, Patrick Franziska and Dimitrij Ovtcharov secured a 3-0 win in opposition to the no.3 seeds, the French selection of Can Akkuzu, Simon Gauzy and Emmanuel Lebesson. Timo Boll gave Germany the perfect start by beating Simon Gauzy (11-7, 17-15, 8-11, 11-7), before Dimitrij Ovtcharov accounted for Emmanuel Lebesson (9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7) and Patrick Franziska overcame Can Akkuzu to end matters (11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7).

Outstanding from Tiago Apolonia, in the women’s contest against Hungary, it was the same from Fu Yu. She accounted for Dora Madarasz (11-9, 11-5, 11-9) and Georgina Pota (11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4). Shao Jieni added the one further success by overcoming Georgina Pota (11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9); for Hungary Szandra Pergel beat Leila Oliveira (11-13, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8).

Undoubtedly, in the women’s event 3-1 was the popular victory margin; Romania, the top seeds, beat Poland, the no.11 seeds; by the same difference.

Backbone of the Romanian success against Poland was Elizabeta Samara, she accounted for both Natalia Partyka (11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3) and Li Qian (11-8, 11-7, 11-7); the further success for Romania was recorded by Bernadette Szocs, she prevailed against Natalia Bajor (11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 13-11). The one success for Poland was secured in the second match of the fixture when Li Qian overcame Daniela Monteiro-Dodean (11-3, 11-7, 13-11).

Both the men’s and women’s finals will be played on Sunday 8th September, the closing day of play in Nantes.

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